5TH OCTOBER 2020
The Ministry of Health and Marie Stopes Uganda have announced the return of the new, improved, and NDA-certified Life Guard condoms. Developed in partnership with a UNFPA prequalified condom manufacturer - Thai Nippon Rubber industries (TNR), the condoms meet the highest international safety standards, ensuring reliability and effectiveness.
Dr Charles Olaro, Director in Charge of Curative Services and Focal Point for Family Planning at the Ministry of Health highlighted that,
The estimated annual condom need for socially marketed and commercial condoms in Uganda is 20 million condoms. Life Guard contributes about 43% of this market.
He added that the withdrawal of Life Guard condoms last year left a huge gap that could potentially undermine Ministry of Health’s efforts to curb the spread of HIV, in line with the Presidential Fast-track initiative on ending HIV and AIDS in Uganda by 2030.
The new Life Guard condoms have undergone testing, including electronic safety checks, biocompatibility assessments, periodic nitrosamine and protein testing – complying with ISO 4074, ISO 10993, ASTM, and WHO safety standards and requirements.
All condom batches are also subjected to electrolyte water testing for leakage and are tested for burst strength and elasticity using air inflation testing equipment.
Having obtained certification from the National Drug Authority, we are confident that Life Guard has met the quality control measures and is safe for use for all Ugandans
In her remarks, Dr Carole Sekimpi, Country Director of Marie Stopes affirmed,
Marie Stopes is committed to providing products of the highest quality. Our partnership with a World Health Organization pre-qualified laboratory ensures that our products adhere to national and international standards.
The new and improved Life Guard condoms are readily available in pharmacies, health facilities, supermarkets, and shops nationwide.
To more information about this product and our services, contact us on 0800220333 (toll-free)